LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Songwriter Rhett Akins was named ACM Songwriter of the Year on Friday evening (April 13) during the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars event at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
“I wanna thank God, number one, for everything he’s done in my life. I’m sorry, God, for everything I’ve done to you. But thank you for overlooking some of it, I guess,” Akins said onstage. “Is there any way we could get four more awards up here?” he said, gesturing to his fellow Songwriter of the Year nominees. “I would do anything to share this with these dudes, seriously.”
The 2017 ACM Songwriter of the Year, Lori McKenna, presented Akins with his trophy. She and Akins were part of the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars lineup, along with Akins’ fellow Songwriter of the Year nominees, Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, plus Little Big Town, Midland, Akins’ son Thomas Rhett and more.
Akins has co-written songs for artists including Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Blake Shelton, Billy Currington, Thomas Rhett, Josh Turner, Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch and many others. In addition to writing songs for other artists, Rhett recorded and released his own music. The songs include “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started,” among others.
Akins was only a modest success as a performer back then. But since turning to songwriting full-time, he turns into one of Nashville’s radio juggernauts.
“I write songs I hope people will relate to, so it’s humbling to see these numbers,” Akins said. “It’s also a testament to all the talented artists and co-writers I’ve worked with and to everyone on my team.”
Stay tuned fellas!
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